Hands-on experience with new technology opens additional employment options for students
ROSEMOUNT, Minn., June 12, 2015 – Dakota County Technical College recently received a donation of a Tier 4 Final Volvo diesel engine from Volvo Construction Equipment, North America, Inc. and Nuss Truck and Equipment to enhance and support the school’s Heavy Construction and Heavy Duty Truck transportation programs. The 1,500 pound engine, which was built at Volvo’s corporate headquarters in Eskiltuma, Sweden, was delivered in a partnership with Nuss Truck and Equipment, based in Burnsville and Roseville, MN. The engine’s retail value is over $50,000.
As part of the donation, Volvo/Nuss also will offer training software and support. “This is a great opportunity for our students to train on another product line,” states Roger Gartner, heavy equipment construction equipment technology instructor. “The Volvo market is strong in the Twin Cities. This opens up employment options for students.”
Steve Shorma, customer support manager for Volvo/Mack, said he meet Ken Klassen, DCTC heavy duty truck technology instructor, at a Minnesota Trucking Association vendor night. Klassen asked him if Volvo would consider donating to a technical college. The answer was “yes”. Phil Watkins, vice president of customer service at Nuss Truck and Equipment noted that they have been donating to technical colleges across the United States for the last 18 years. “This donation will require some additional training on both sides,” Klassen noted. Instructors will participate in train-the-trainers sessions at Nuss as well as at the Volvo facility.
“Partnerships with industry is what our programs here at DCTC are all about,” notes Klassen. ”Our budgets do not always support our needs with the rapid changes in the industry. Having this new engine is a great hands-on experience. We look forward to building a good working relationship with Nuss/Volvo.”
For more information on the Transportation program at DCTC visit the website at dctc.edu/academics/programs-majors/transportation